Samantha Smith

Samantha Smith is a lawyer, an activist and the Director of the Just Transition Centre, an initiative of the International Trade Union Confederation and partners. Building on the power and reach of the global trade union movement, the Centre supports and promotes social dialogue in communities, cities, countries and companies for a just transition to zero carbon and zero poverty.

Ms. Smith has worked with climate, energy and social justice issues for more than two decades. Most recently she led WWF’s global climate and energy team, with responsibility for international climate change negotiations, campaigns, renewable energy advocacy, engagement with business, and civil society and movement partnerships. She has served on various international expert groups and task forces on climate and energy.

Her passion for climate issues comes from first-hand experiences in the Arctic, where she worked for ten years in the field and with international policy as the Director of WWF’s Global Arctic Programme.

Ms. Smith also led project finance and government relations for large-scale renewable energy and emission reduction projects in senior roles within the New Energy division of Statoil in Norway. She was part of the team that helped to establish Statoil’s ground-breaking floating offshore wind power project, Hywind.

At the start of her career, Ms. Smith worked served as a corporate litigation attorney specializing in complex financial and securities cases in the United States. She did extensive pro bono work focused on social justice, including co-leading a task force on equal access to justice in the state of California, helping to launch a training program for the California courts on domestic violence response, and representing individuals in cases involving gender rights, children’s rights and poverty law.

Ms. Smith has degrees in history and law from the University of California, Berkeley.